Low Carbon Building Programme Funding Crisis - Sign our E-Petition

by James Lea, 12 March 2007

The UK government is slowly moving ahead with support for microgeneration, supported by the Low Carbon Building Programme, the successor to the Clear Skies programme.

The Low Carbon Building Programme aims to increase uptake of small scale distributed power generation systems, by providing up to 50% of the installation cost. The scheme has been very successful, and many householders have installed photovoltaics, wind turbines, biomass heating, ground source heat pumps, and so on.

Each month a tranche of grant applications are given the go-ahead. Unfortunately, despite the popularity of the scheme, and the government's professed interest in averting climate change, this month's funding allocation ran out in little more than a hour! This is causing chaos in the UK's growing alternative energy supply market, and directly impacts the UK's ability to lower its carbon emissions.

An E-petition has been launched:

We the undersigned petition the Prime Minister to properly support small scale renewable energy in the UK by ending the funding crisis of the Low Carbon Buildings Program Phase 1.

To help keep the UK government on track to meet its climate change obligations, sign this E-petition now!



An Ifo-Cera low flush wall-mounted toilet with a dual mains/rainwater inlet. This toilet uses only 4.5 to 6 litres per flush, compared to 9 litres plus for a conventional toilet.

An Ifo-Cera low flush wall-mounted toilet.

The dual inlet Torbeck-Opella rainwater/mains valve fitted to the toilet depicted above. The mains inlet is on the top left, and the rainwater inlet on the top right. If no rainwater is available, the valve automatically refills the tank using mains water. If rainwater is available, the mains inlet is inhibited and the tank refills with rainwater. No user intervention is required!

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